Freedom’s air show grounds Emmaus
Last year the Emmaus and Freedom football teams played a high school football classic with the outcome not determined until the last play of overtime.
Last Friday’s contest between the schools wasn’t dramatic, as the Patriots (7-1) dominated en route to 63-28 mercy-rule victory at Bethlehem area School District Stadium, which dropped the Green Hornets (4-4) to .500.
It didn’t start out like a rout. The Green Hornets scored on their first three possessions.
Leading the way offensively was running back Brandon Camire. All season long Camire has been superb and last Friday night was no different. The junior tailback amassed 157 yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns on runs of three, one and six yards.
Camire’s last touchdown gave Emmaus a 21-14 lead early in the second quarter. The Green Hornet rushing attack also received strong running from Jared Groller, who gained 72 yards on just 10 carries, and scored one touchdown.
But Freedom’s defense made adjustments midway through the second period. From then on, the Emmaus rushing attack, and the passing game for that matter, struggled.
If the Emmaus defense was unable to slow down the Patriot offense, which amassed a staggering 630 yards and nine touchdowns.
Freedom quarterback Jared Jenkins connected with eight different receivers and went 25-for-29 for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
Many times the Emmaus secondary and linebackers did not have bad coverage on their assignments. But on this night, it mattered not. Much credit has to be given to Freedom’s receivers, who thought every ball that came toward them was theirs. Gabe Caton and Vince Reph caught seven passes for a combined 275 yards.
Emmaus signal-caller Jacob Moyer had a fine night, going 11-for-17 for 112 yards. Wide out Jameel Sanders caught eight balls for 98 yards.
Jenkins was absolutely awesome, but so were the big guys up front who protected their quarterback. Emmaus was mostly dominated at the line of scrimmage. In addition to the passing game, the Freedom running attack gobbled up 222 yards.